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Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook Authors Visit Ridgefield's Shir Shalom

The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook
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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Join Shir Shalom in Ridgefield and The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy for the story behind a Yiddish vegetarian food movement in pre-war Eastern Europe when they present a program entitled "Behind the Pages: The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook" on Tuesday, April 19 at noon.

In 1938, Fania Lewando, the proprietor of a popular vegetarian restaurant in Vilna, published a Yiddish vegetarian cookbook. Its 400 recipes ranged from traditional Jewish dishes to vegetarian versions of Jewish holiday staples, including chick pea cutlets and Jerusalem artichoke soup, introducing fruits and vegetables that had not been a part of the repertoire of Jewish homemakers.

Lewando died in World War II and it was assumed that copies of her cookbook vanished along with most of European Jewry. But, in 1995 Barbara Mazur and Wendy Waxman discovered Lewando's recipes.

Join Mazur and Waxman as they share the story of their research and Lewando, who introduced a new way of cooking to pre-war European Jewry.

Shir Shalom is located at 46 Peaceable St. in Ridgefield. The event is open to the community and free of charge. Attendees should bring their own dairy bag lunch, dessert and drinks will be provided.

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